Warm weather for first day of new Covid framework, but chance of showers in many areas

The first day of the new Covid traffic light framework on Friday is expected to be warm and dry most of the time for much of the country.

As they emerge from 107 days of lockdowns on Friday, Aucklanders are expected to be able to enjoy a warm day, but with a chance of showers later in the day.

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As they emerge from 107 days of lockdowns on Friday, Aucklanders are expected to be able to enjoy a warm day, but with a chance of showers later in the day.

It’s a much brighter picture on Friday for Auckland, although the city still has a chance of showers.

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The country’s largest city will have been in some form of lockdown for 107 consecutive days when the alert level system is replaced by the new Covid-19 protection framework on Friday.

MetService is forecasting a partly cloudy Friday for Auckland, with one or two showers in the afternoon and evening, easterly winds and a high of 25 degrees Celsius.

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Heavy rain watches and warnings are in force for western parts of the South Island – with more areas likely to be added in the coming days.

Northland is expected to have a bit more cloud, with a few showers, mainly in the east and easterlies.

After a mild Thursday, with a feeling of summer about it, conditions look set to slip a little in Wellington on Friday, with isolated showers on a partly cloudy day, northerlies, and a high of 20C.

MetService is forecasting a mostly cloudy Friday for Christchurch, with brief rain around dawn, then a possible shower or two in the afternoon, northeasterlies and a 23C high.

Flooding in Greymouth last weekend. More rain is on the way for the West Coast during the next three days, with MetService issuing an orange warning for Westland from Otira south.

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Flooding in Greymouth last weekend. More rain is on the way for the West Coast during the next three days, with MetService issuing an orange warning for Westland from Otira south.

Hamilton has a better chance than most of the country of avoiding any showers on Friday, and is headed for 25C with light winds.

The West Coast is the main exception to the dry spells, with MetService warning of three days of heavy rain starting early Friday for Westland from Otiria southward, and some rain throughout the three days for the rest of the west of the South Island.

Other than the West Coast, most of the country should get through the day with only one or two showers at most, although thunderstorms are possible in parts of Otago and Southland.

The rain is expected to get as far north as Nelson, where some will fall on Friday, but most is forecast for the weekend.

Marlborough and Canterbury are expected to have a mostly cloudy day.

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